Learning from Knowledge Keepers of Mi’kma’ki


MIKM 2701: Learning from Knowledge Keepers of Mi’kma’ki is Cape Breton University’s first free, online, open-access, share-with-the world Indigenous course. This course is free and open to the public, but it is also available as a CBU course credit.

The course is designed to allow for many opportunities to share knowledge and intercultural dialogue, which will emerge as we discuss the rich history, culture, and wisdom of Indigenous peoples in Mi’kma’ki and across Canada. Download the course brochure here: MIKM 2701 Brochure

The course will be offered on-campus  Monday nights from 6:00-8:30pm AST for 12 weeks (see course schedule below).

January 11 - Week 1: The Mi'kmaq Creation Story: A Philosophy of Life

January 18 - Week 2: History & Treaties in Mi'kma'ki

January 25 - Week 3: Oral History, Traditions, & Ways of Knowing

February 1 - Week 4: Walking the Medicine Wheel & Four Directions Teachings

February 8 - Week 5: It's All About the Land

February 22 - Week 6: The Legacies of Residential Schools

February 29 - Week 7: Understanding the Truth & Reconciliation Commission

March 7 - Week 8: From Challenges to Strengths & Resilience

March 14 - Week 9: Reconnecting Our Youth to Their Traditional Heritage

March 21 - Week 10: Indigenous Governance for the Future

April 4 - Week 11: Indigenizing the University (with Eleanor Bernard, Mi'kmaw Kina'matneway & Dan Christmas, Membertou Corporate)

April 11 - Week 12: Concluding Thoughts: Moving Forward with Reconciliation (with Stephen Augustine, Unama'ki College)

Tuning into the LIVE-STREAMING on Monday Nights?

Each Monday evening at 6:00pm AST time we will be live online through Bell Aliant’s tv1 fibre op network. All you have to do is follow the link below (the link will be the same each week) to tune into the webcast. Watch now!

Watching RECORDED classes at a later date?

Thanks to Bell Aliant, you will be able to find all the archived classes here. All recorded classes will be available anytime, from anywhere that has internet connection, and can be watched at your convenience. Enjoy!


Twitter: Every Monday night between 6-8:30 p.m. AST, you can join the conversation on Twitter using #taliaqCBU. Ask questions, share your thoughts, retweet quotes, and maybe even have your quote or tweet read aloud during the class. And stay tuned for our first blog post and video series, which introduces the course and explains the meaning of ‘Taliaq’.

Facebook: You can also join the Facebook group to ask questions and engage with classmates and other participants and to continue the conversation throughout the week.


We’ve been getting some great questions regarding this course. Please visit our FAQ page on the website to get answers to these questions. If you still have questions, please contact us directly at [email protected]

Finally, each Monday, you will receive a weekly email update, which will include a link to the evening’s class (although this link won’t change), the weekly blog posts, and any other relevant information or resources we might be sharing that week.

Thank you again for registering for this course. We look forward to a wonderful semester of learning, knowledge sharing and dialogue!


Stephen Augustine, Dean of Unama’ki College & Aboriginal Learning at Cape Breton University and Hereditary Chief on the Mi’kmaq Grand Council

Ashlee Cunsolo Willox, Canada Research Chair in Determinants of Healthy Communities, and Assistant Professor of Community Health, Unama’ki College, Cape Breton University

January 11, 2016 at 6:00pm - April 05, 2016
Cape Breton University - ONLINE COURSES
Student Culture and Heritage Centre in the Royal Bank Lecture Theatre (CE-258)
Cape Breton, NB E1H
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